Celtics GM Danny Ainge spoke to the media today, and said that he has no intention of trading Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, or Avery Bradley. Whether or not Ainge means what he says is clearly up for debate; but if it’s true I believe he’s finally got his head in the right place. I thought Ainge was way too quick to let Doc Rivers leave, and also jumped the gun on dealing away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. But now that those have happened, he should without a doubt take his time before making any other major trades.
My logic for this is simple: In anything you do in the life, the more thought, time, and effort you put into it, usually the better the results are going to be. It’s obvious the Celtics are trying to rebuild their team, but they have no need to hurry. Their intention is not to put together a great squad by next season, but rather to insure the franchise’s long term future success. Its extremely unlikely that the best way to accomplish this is by making a lot of big roster moves right away.
The 2012-2013 season has just ended. The 2014-2015 season is still 16 months away. Ainge should give this process some time, and see what he has next year. Maybe Rondo will excel at being the team’s leader now that Pierce and Garnett are gone. Maybe Jeff Green will become a major weapon as the leading scoring option. Maybe Avery Bradley and Rondo will develop into an All-Star backcourt tandem. Maybe none of this will happen, but the C’s have nothing to lose by waiting to find out; all of them can still be traded for future assets down the road. At this point being patient can only lead to more available options for getting this team going back in the right direction.
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